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Benton was founded by the western Indians who came to make use of its hot springs.As the nearby towns of Bodie and Aurora grew in size and population, Benton soon became a check-point for travelers on the way south in 1852.The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 15.6%.191 people (68.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 89 people (31.8%) lived in rental housing units.(2,180m) Montgomery Pass at the northern end of the White Mountains. (4,006m) Boundary Peak, Nevada's highest, and 13,441 ft. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 28.5 square miles (73.8 km²), 99.93% of it land, and 0.07% of it water. The population density was 9.8 people per square mile (3.8/km²).The racial makeup of Benton was 199 (71.1%) White,0 (0.4%) African American, 37 (21.1%) Native American, 1 (0.4%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 15 (5.4%) from other races, and 5 (1.8%) from two or more races.
Nearest cities: Sunny Slopes, CA (4.5 miles) , Aspen Springs, CA (4.7 miles) , Crowley Lake, CA (4.8 miles ), Chalfant, CA (4.8 miles ), Swall Meadows, CA (4.8 miles ), Dyer, NV (4.9 miles ), Mc Gee Creek, CA (4.9 miles) , Mesa, CA (5.3 miles ).
There was a high school, which was closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.
The hot springs are one of the major attractions in Benton, as well as fine bed and breakfast rooms and overnight soaking tubs.
Many of the original buildings still remain, but the town has never completely died.
Benton is one of the oldest existing towns in Mono County.